Cycling & Healing: Shared Common Interest
Dear Friends and Family,
In a few short weeks, our 3rd season working with survivors of sexual trauma will conclude with our signature Fall retreat. As the days grow shorter and we wind down seasonal programs, we ramp up in other aspects. Sacred Cycle continues to gain momentum nationally and across the globe! Regularly I open my email to communication from people who share a common interest in cycling and outdoor activities as a way to heal. These notes of praise or acknowledgment of common threads with cycling keep me motivated to continue our mission and to find effective ways to help survivors.
In our next newsletter, we will share two upcoming magazine articles and a very exciting film project in which Sacred Cycle is humbly the subject. I’m also excited and encouraged by the interest from nonprofit organizations who would like to collaborate in 2020.
As always, the excitement is bittersweet. The reality is that people’s lives have been devasted by sexual trauma and the survivors we hope to help must work tremendously hard to heal. Healing can be a life-long process and every day more people become victims. As I write this note to you, I’m particularly saddened by the news that nine men who live or work in my community were arrested in an undercover sting operation for attempting to have sex with children. As painfully common as this is, it’s still a shock and I hope it always is.
Heather Russell, Executive Director